Genesis 50:21
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New International Version
So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

New Living Translation
No, don't be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children." So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.

English Standard Version
So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

New American Standard Bible
"So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

King James Bible
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore don't be afraid. I will take care of you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

International Standard Version
So don't be afraid! I'll take care of you and your little ones." So Joseph kept on comforting them, speaking to the needs of their hearts.

NET Bible
So now, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your little children." Then he consoled them and spoke kindly to them.

New Heart English Bible
Now therefore do not be afraid. I will nourish you and your little ones." He comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be afraid! I will provide for you and your children." In this way he reassured them, setting their minds at ease.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now therefore fear ye not; I will sustain you, and your little ones.' And he comforted them, and spoke kindly unto them.

New American Standard 1977
“So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now therefore fear ye not; I will nourish you and your little ones. Thus he comforted them and spoke to their heart.

King James 2000 Bible
Now therefore fear not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly unto them.

American King James Version
Now therefore fear you not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

American Standard Version
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fear not: I will feed you and your children. And he comforted them, and spoke gently and mildly.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, fear not: I will maintain you and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke consolingly to them.

English Revised Version
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

World English Bible
Now therefore don't be afraid. I will nourish you and your little ones." He comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

Young's Literal Translation
and now, fear not: I do nourish you and your infants;' and he comforteth them, and speaketh unto their heart.
Study Bible
Joseph Comforts his Brothers
20"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. 21"So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. 22Now Joseph stayed in Egypt, he and his father's household, and Joseph lived one hundred and ten years.…
Cross References
Genesis 45:11
"There I will also provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished."'

Genesis 47:12
Joseph provided his father and his brothers and all his father's household with food, according to their little ones.

Genesis 50:22
Now Joseph stayed in Egypt, he and his father's household, and Joseph lived one hundred and ten years.

Judges 19:3
Then her husband arose and went after her to speak tenderly to her in order to bring her back, taking with him his servant and a pair of donkeys. So she brought him into her father's house, and when the girl's father saw him, he was glad to meet him.
Treasury of Scripture

Now therefore fear you not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

I will nourish.

Genesis 45:10,11 And you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near …

Genesis 47:12 And Joseph nourished his father, and his brothers, and all his father's …

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do …

Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will …

Romans 12:20,21 Therefore if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him …

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that …

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

kindly unto them. Heb. to their hearts.

Genesis 34:3 And his soul joined to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved …

Isaiah 40:2 Speak you comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry to her, that her warfare …

(21) Your little ones.--Heb., your "tafs" rendered in the LXX., "your households," and in the Syriac, "your families," your dependents--its usual translation in that Version.

Verse 21. - Now therefore (literally, and now) fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. Thus he repeats and confirms the promise which he had originally made to them when he invited them to come to Egypt (Genesis 45:11, 18, 19). And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them - literally, to their hearts (cf. Genesis 34:3). Now therefore, fear ye not,.... Which, is repeated to dispossess them of every fear they might entertain of him on any account whatever:

I will nourish you, and your little ones; provide food for them, and their families, not only for themselves and their sons, now grown up, but their grandchildren and even the youngest and latest of their families should share in his favours:

and he comforted them, and spake kindly to them; even "to their heart" (w); such things as were quite pleasing and agreeable to them, served to banish their fears, revive their spirits, and afford comfort to them. Just so God and Christ do with backsliding sinners, and would have done with his own people by his servants; see Isaiah 40:1.

(w) "ad cor eorum", Pagninus, Montanus, Drusius, &c. 50:15-21 Various motives might cause the sons of Jacob to continue in Egypt, notwithstanding the prophetic vision Abraham had of their bondage there. Judging of Joseph from the general temper of human nature, they thought he would now avenge himself on those who hated and injured him without cause. Not being able to resist, or to flee away, they attempted to soften him by humbling themselves. They pleaded with him as the servants of Jacob's God. Joseph was much affected at seeing this complete fulfilment of his dreams. He directs them not to fear him, but to fear God; to humble themselves before the Lord, and to seek the Divine forgiveness. He assures them of his own kindness to them. See what an excellent spirit Joseph was of, and learn of him to render good for evil. He comforted them, and, to banish all their fears, he spake kindly to them. Broken spirits must be bound up and encouraged. Those we love and forgive, we must not only do well for, but speak kindly to.
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